Hand-Painted Pair of 19th Century Asian Vases on stands Made for Export in the Early 1900s
These vases were in the family from which we acquired them for incredibly long, purchased on a voyage of a longtime merchant marine seaman. He aquired them during the Great Depression circa 1930s. They were in the family until we received them! They have a stamp on the bottom of each that references a New York import firm, which would be very typical of imports primarily from Japan in that time period. Such a stamp would have been placed there after the vases were made and before they were shipped to the US. The merchant marine seaman who bought them on one of many trips to the East, passed away some 70 years ago. The family also had an interesting mix of items he collected along the way, including linens, books and a cribbage board made from a piece of ivory. The two vases are virtually identical. One has a chip at the top rim. Each is about 5 inches tall when on their bases. The price is for the pair.
We have been asked about the family who owned these: They were family to me, but only as friends for generations. The merchant marine seaman was the father of one of my mother's best friends. That should somewhat date the items. My mom was born in 1919 so he was probably born circa 1880s. His wife was always "Gramma Gertie" to me and I "inherited" these and other items when she passed away about 1980. Yikes--time flies!